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What is the longest range a helicopter can do?


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#1 copterman

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 12:55

Hi guys,

I am looking to buy a helicopter, so i hope someone can tell me what is the longest range and fastest speed a helicopter can do?

I was just browsing some site and read that a very old Bell about 21 years old was able to do speeds of 250kmh and a range of between 325 miles and 410 miles with extra fuel tanks. Now this really blows me away and that was back 21 years ago, so i wonder what kind of technology has gone into the helicopters now.

any help much appreciated


Many many thanks

#2 flyby_heli

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 13:25

Copterman

We operate an old Bell 206. It's almost 40 years old. With full fuel (we have the range extender on there) it holds about 4 hours of fuel plus 20 min reserves. Cruising at 100-110 knots this means a range of somewhere close to 400NM.

I don't think the range has gone up too much on newer helicopters. They will outperform this old girl any day of the week, but the fuelburn is also higher so range is not any longer.

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#3 Kc135Delta

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 01:01

incase your still wondering the Mi-26 has a 1,080nm range on internal fuel and lifts 44,000 pounds.

Erm... It sure would be a kick to watch you buy one...

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 17:26

incase your still wondering the Mi-26 has a 1,080nm range on internal fuel and lifts 44,000 pounds.

Erm... It sure would be a kick to watch you buy one...


KC- Wow, finally a bird where I can place my fat butt AND fill both tanks !..Now, I just wonder what the head room is like ???
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#5 AndrewT

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 17:45

I'm sure there is more than ehough headroom in the 26! here is a picture of one lifting a CH-47
Attached File  19_12_2002_9_14_mi_26.jpg   27.74KB   113 downloads





All Mi helicopters are ugly, in my opinion. MiG/SU jets, on the other hand, are quite beautiful!

#6 PhotoFlyer

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 20:16

Reminds me of what it looks like when a schweizer sits next to a chinook. That is one heck of a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG helicopter!
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#7 niftyben

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 22:58

Mi-26
quite a range.

Also check out the mil 12 "homer"
just a neat bird

I know none of this is REALLY relevant but it got me thinking.

The 300CBi has an aux tank that takes its range to 4.5 hrs @ 90kts. And it's cheap (relatively)

Edited by niftyben, 11 February 2007 - 23:00.


#8 sactown77

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 23:21

i think the mi 26 has a little headroom, lol

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Edited by sactown77, 11 February 2007 - 23:26.


#9 volition

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 10:38

WOW!! :o That's big!!! There's a canadian company that has one.
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#10 coanda

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Posted 12 February 2007 - 12:04

For the fastest....westland lynx....249.09 mph over a 15-20 mile course. Or Airwolf. Ha.
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#11 Kc135Delta

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 16:00

For your pax you have alittle more headroom than a C-130 :D

http://www.airliners...file/0944083/M/

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 16:36

Hey look it's a Mi-26 taking a dump.

http://www.airliners...file/1048393/M/

#13 coanda

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 19:04

seven minute video of the Mi-26


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#14 jbax22

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 20:32

Hey look it's a Mi-26 taking a dump.

http://www.airliners...file/1048393/M/




Thats the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. :lol:




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